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Legislators review bills on energy

CARSON CITY — Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on bills aimed at reducing energy use in state buildings and further examining Hoover Dam as a hydropower source.

Gibbons: Give energy companies break

CARSON CITY — Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons drew a largely negative response from legislators Tuesday when he urged them to reduce taxes to induce renewable energy companies to build facilities in Nevada.

‘Green jobs’ bill clears hurdle

CARSON CITY — A “green jobs” initiative sought by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, moved Monday to the full Nevada Senate following approval of amendments by a key legislative committee.

Gibbons’ proposal to merge commissions draws fire

CARSON CITY — A proposal by Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons to merge commissions on economic development and on tourism in this tourist-dependent state bogged down Thursday in a Senate-Assembly budget panel whose members agreed it’s a bad idea.

Panel OKs bill to help owners win damages

CARSON CITY — A key Nevada Senate panel voted unanimously Friday for a bill that would help homeowners win court judgments for personal property damaged or sold during improper foreclosure proceedings.

Buckley backing hard-money lending bill

Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, on Wednesday backed a bill that would give investors access to regulatory ratings and examination results on hard-money lenders.

Lawmakers look into ‘green jobs’

CARSON CITY — Lawmakers questioned Wednesday how Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford’s “green jobs” initiative would keep running once federal stimulus dollars are gone, and also asked about rules in the plan for contractors who would train and employ Nevadans.

Republicans back Buckley’s foreclosure plan

CARSON CITY — Conservative Republicans, banks and almost everyone else expressed tentative support Wednesday for Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley’s bill to lessen the foreclosure crisis in Nevada.